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ICAST 2012 Coverage


St. Croix Completes the Sweep With Best Saltwater Rod

 

Date: 7/18/12
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: St Croix
Reviewer: Team TackleTour








Introduction:
As mentioned in our other article centered around their Legend Xtreme series, it was a double win in for St. Croix this year at ICAST taking home Best of Show honors in both the freshwater and saltwater rod categories. Their booth was really abuzz with the excitement and here now is what else was up with St. Croix at the show.

 


St Croix sweeps the Fresh and Saltwater Best in Show Rod categories!

 

Legend Inshore : St. Croix leverages yet another proprietary process to deliver an inshore rod with 33% more strength than previous models. The new, re-introduced Legend Inshore rods are built with St. Croix's new FRS protocol - a special process that involves new resins and curing ovens to producing blanks with carbon fibers in proper alignment to prevent micro-buckling.

 


The
new Legend Inshore Lineup features a captivating blue finish.

 

St. Croix Legend Inshore Lineup

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
LIS70MLF
Spinning
7'-0"
1/8 - 1/2
6 - 12
$320
LIS70MF
Spinning
7'-0"
3/8 - 3/4
8 - 17
$330
LIS70MHF
Spinning
7'-0"
1/2 - 1 1/4
10 - 20
$350
LIS76MLF
Spinning
7'-6"
1/8 - 1/2
6 - 12
$330
LIS76MF
Spinning
7'-6"
3/8 - 3/4
8 - 17
$340
LGCC66XLM
Casting
6'-6"
1/32 - 1/8
6 - 10
$270
LGCC66LM
Casting
6'-6"
1/16 - 1/4
8 - 12
$270
LGCC66MLM
Casting
6'-6"

1/8 - 3/8

8 - 14
$270
LGCC70MLM
Casting
7'-0"

1/8 - 3/8

8 - 14
$280

 

Of course, these rods are also built with classic St. Croix technologies such as IPC and ART producing among the most durable blanks in the industry. Built with Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle guides with zirconia rings and titanium frames for corrosion resistance, the new Legend Inshore rods also feature Fuji real seats and cork handles. There are nine rods in the series including five spinning and four casting models with prices ranging from $270 - $350 depending on the model.

 


There are 9 rods in the series.

 


With a mix of casting and spinning rods.

 


Target demographic is clear on the spit grips.

 


New Avid Surf Series!

 

Avid Surf: St. Croix extends their reach into a growing market segment with their brand new Avid Surf rods. With a total of 11 models (8 spinning, 3 casting), these sticks are built for fanatical surf anglers with actions to maximize casting distance while providing lightweight and power. They are built on St. Croix's SCIII blanks and outfitted with Fuji K-Series alconite guides with black stainless steel rings.

 

St. Croix New Avid Surf Lineup

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
AVSS70MLF
Spinning
7'-0"
3/8 - 1
6-12
$230
AVSS70MF
Spinning
7'-0"
5/8 - 2
8-17
$240
AVSS80MMF
Spinning
8'-0"
3/4 - 3
8-17
$250
AVSS90MMF2
Spinning (2 pc)
9'-0"
1 - 4
10-20
$300
AVSS96MF2
Spinning (2 pc)
9'-6"
2 - 6
12-25
$320
AVSS100MF2
Spinning (2 pc)
10'-0"
1 - 4
10-20
$320
AVSS110MHF2
Spinning (2 pc)
11'-0"
3 - 8
15-40
$350
AVSS120HMF2
Spinning (2 pc)
12'-0"
6 - 16
20-60
$380
AVSC100MF2
Casting (2 pc)
10'-0"
1 - 4
10-20
$320
AVSC110MHF2
Casting (2 pc)
11'-0"
3 - 8
15-40
$350
AVSC120HMF2
Casting (2 pc)
12'-0"
6 - 16
20-60
$380

 


These handles are designed to endure the salt and sand!

Wild River : The Wild River series of salmon and steelhead rods also receive a redesign for 2013 with an extension of the series to now include 35 rods total. Just about every popular salmon and steelhead technique is included in the new lineup including several downrigging Kokanee rods!


Next up is the revamped Wild River Series.

They are built from St. Croix's SCII graphite blanks and will feature Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with aluminum oxide inserts. Reel seats are by Fuji and the rods will vary in price from $130 - $220 depending upon the model.


With super clean assembly.


A look at the super clean cork of this new series.

Mojo Bass Cranking Stick: St. Croix's most popular series over recent years has been their Mojo Bass sticks. This year, they extend the lineup one rod by offering a new six foot, ten inch glass cranking stick, the "Target Cranker" (MBGC610MM)! It is designed for shorter, precision type casting and is built on an S-glass blank with split cork grips and a Fuji ECS reel seat. Retail price is $110.


St. Croix's best selling series? Mojo Bass.


This year, Mojo Bass gets a precision cranking stick!


We're always happy and anxious to see what St. Croix brings to the show!

Conclusion: We're always happy to see what St. Croix brings to the show as their product is always well built, clean, and not afraid to be different. Few manufacturers put as much effort into improving in-house technologies and build methods as St. Croix all in an effort to deliver to the consumer relevant, durable designs. Congrats St. Croix on a sweep of the Freshwater and Saltwater Rod ICAST awards and we look forward to putting some of these rods to the test in 2013!



 

 

 

 

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